ICYMI: The Bruce Jenner Interview In Tweets

Apr 24, 2015 at 11:42 PM ET

Bruce Jenner told 20/20‘s Diane Sawyer he identifies as a woman. Though many expected Sawyer to stretch things out across the highly anticipated two-hour special, Jenner revealed his big news from the get-go, announcing that “God gave me the soul of a woman,” and that this would be his last interview as a man.

Viewers took to Twitter to express their feelings about the news, which provided compelling, real-time reactions: excitement, confusion, but ultimately, respect.

It begins

“Let’s do it,” says Bruce, getting teary. “It’s going to be tough. I’ve been thinking about this day forever… Where do we start?” With a bold admission. Sawyer asks if Jenner is a woman. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

Going into his athletic achievements, Jenner says he may have won gold, but he was “running away from who he was.”

Is it a stunt?

When Sawyer asks if this is all just a publicity grab, Jenner laughs. “Sorry Diane. It ain’t happening, okay.” But why now, at 65? “Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie. I can’t do it anymore.”

Sexual attraction

Jenner says he was “never attracted to guys, or any of that kind of stuff.” But Sawyer keeps pushing.

Sawyer starts to tease apart the difference between gender identity and sexuality, making for a pretty amazing explainer.

Big reveal: Take two

He first began transitioning, back in the ’80s, by taking hormones for five years. This is also when he began getting surgery.

Big reveal: Take three

Uh-oh, Sawyer is entering Kris Jenner territory. Apparently, Kris knew.

While his first two wives supported him, Sawyer says Kris Jenner offered no comment.

What about his kids?

His older children are supportive.

Telling the Kardashians

Kim, Kylie, Khloe and Kourtney were worried when he told them. Khloe is taking it hard. “You would think out of all of the kids…”

Kim is the most comfortable with it, but Kanye helped her accept it.

“I am not a spokesman for the community.”

Jenner speaks about the violence and murder affecting transgender women, specifically those of color, and the high rate of suicide.

Next, Jenner comes out… as a Republican

This is the most shocking moment of the night, for some.

He’s also a Christian.

The next stage

Jenner says he will soon emerge as his genuine self. Herself. But he won’t reveal his new name. He’s back on hormones, and says he’ll be getting face surgery and breast implants. Sawyer acknowledges that it’s rude and irrelevant to ask about sex reassignment, but Jenner opens up and indicates he might have bottom surgery. “As Khloe would say, you’ve got to have the vajayjay.”

Yet, he has not decided anything yet.

Jenner’s mom speaks

An adorable Jenner matriarch says she is proud of him.

Farewell to Bruce Jenner

He says he will disappear from the public eye while he transitions fully. But he has some parting words: “Have an open mind and an open heart. I’m not a bad person. I’m doing what I have to do.”